The London Lakers are a Junior A hockey club, founded in 2015, playing in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL). The Lakers are owned by 54 Hockey Inc. and are a growing organization focused on the development and advancement of their players, and enriching the community of London. We are a pay-to-play league and here is an overview of our Program.
We play a 42 game regular season, followed by playoffs, and there are a variety of showcase and all-star events, which can add an additional 4-5 games to some players’ schedules. We also practice 3x per week so you will see lots of developmental ice time. Our head coach is Jeff Zehr. Jeff played 10 seasons of professional hockey, including time with the NHL’s Boston Bruins. We believe in giving back to our community and we look for talent that has this same commitment. This is an important part of what being a Laker is all about.
We have many of the typical perks of a Junior A team like providing most equipment, stick deals, buses to all road games, food on the road, Laker swag, a private dressing room, coach’s area, and turfed warm up area. You will also be teammates with people from around the world. This year our team is made up of talent from Canada, the US, Japan, China, Latvia, Hungary, Russia, and Slovakia.
We have a Personal Trainer on staff and we also have a team yoga coach who runs sessions for our players to help recoup from games and to work on injury prevention and flexibility. Our goalies are trained by Goalies By Doug.
As mentioned above, we are focused on your development and advancement as a player and a person. We promote our London Lakers to NCAA, CIS, OHL, USHL, and the professional ranks worldwide. We’ve had over 30 schools 5 North American pro teams, and 6 Euro pro teams inquire about our players this season. We recently had one of our goalies make his pro debut this season after starting with us. For living, you are situated with traditional billet families, who make sure you are fed, cared for, and can help get you to the rink and other team commitments as needed.
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